Picture this. Raleigh meadow / Yeo river valley…

23 Jun

As I’ve had so many appreciative comments on my recent local photo-blogs, I thought I’d finish off the weekend with a selection of pictures taken at another of our favourite spots for an afternoon stroll, and somewhere that Karla absolutely loved to go chasing sticks and swimming.



I have no particular facts to impart about the area, other than to say that the area known as Raleigh Meadow nestles in the valley of the River Yeo, a tributary of the River Taw, and is where Barnstaple and Pilton Cricket Club is based.


It’s in the woods, along the river at the bottom of the cricket pitch, that we have taken so many cool shady walks.






The variety of colours in the foliage of the trees over the year is striking, the pink berries of the spindle tree and fiery orange of the beech’s autumn cloak being two of Elaine’s favorites.




Me, I like a good silhouette..



… and I’m a sucker for a nice tree stump too, and this fine specimen has been relocated by the recent flooding from it’s original position…


…to its new resting place, resident vegetation intact, about twenty yards downstream..


..along with a few other casualties.



Today however, the banks of the river were buzzing with life.





Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Photography, Picture this.


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14 responses to “Picture this. Raleigh meadow / Yeo river valley…

  1. Ron

    June 24, 2013 at 01:13

    Fabulous photos, Dale!

    I love the sky in those first two photos. And those silhouettes are awesome! The close ups of the bees are REALLY great – you can see every little detail.

    Well done!

    • dalecooper57

      June 24, 2013 at 05:34

      Ha! You’ve picked all the ones I like best Ron. Good call. ;~}

  2. melanie jean juneau

    June 24, 2013 at 01:51

    stunning photos

  3. jerseylil

    June 24, 2013 at 07:27

    Beautiful photos, Dale, and thank you for a lovely stroll in the English countryside. The variety of colors are striking. Especially like those billowing clouds and the silhouettes. Great shots of the bees. Love the one looking right at ya!

  4. restlessjo

    June 24, 2013 at 11:25

    Pretty and quintessentially English. I have an auntie in Barnstaple that I haven’t seen for many years.
    If you’re interested in the photo challenges, Dale, there’s a good black and white one at Sonel’s Corner. (you’ll find it on mine) It’s a good way of extending your network. 🙂

    • dalecooper57

      June 24, 2013 at 11:35

      Really? Small world!
      Not sure what “the photo challenges” are, but I’ll have a look if you think I should. (Not really bothered about being competitive, they’re only snaps, but if you reckon I might get some readers out of it then I’ll check it out, Thanks)

  5. inkerlot

    June 27, 2013 at 20:57

    Excellent work dale, i love your pictures they are very beautiful

    • dalecooper57

      June 27, 2013 at 21:03

      Thank you. I’m sure you know the place is just as beautiful first hand.

  6. inkerlot

    June 28, 2013 at 19:20

    It is, aren’t we lucky … you have captured the magic.

  7. ann hurworth

    June 29, 2013 at 21:51

    Nice pics


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